I remember when I was a kid, I would collect heaps of red gumamela or hibiscus. This was not my usual plant chase. The purpose for this was to make a homemade bubble maker.
I would pound the petals and stem to a pulp, thereby producing a sticky, gooey paste into which I would dip young papaya stalks. I would use the paste-covered stalk as a pipe to blow bubbles.
This was before the advent of modern bubble maker machines. My kids had an easier time making bubbles. All they had to do was turn on the switch. I rue the fact that kids these days can no longer experience the joy and satisfaction of making their own bubbles from scratch.
Yes, my bubble-making childhood days is what I was reminiscing about as I toured the Hibiscus section of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay. Here are just a few of the hibiscus hybrids available on display.
Hybrids are obviously so much more beautiful than the ones I used before. If these were the hibiscus available to me then, I doubt if I would have used them to make bubbles. They are too beautiful to pound to a pulp.
Also, who knows, my plant chaser days might have begun much earlier.